Shaun Miller has revealed he is edging ever closer to a first-team return.
The striker has been sidelined since Boxing Day last year after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a freak clash, moments after scoring the opening goal in a 3-0 win over Scunthorpe United.
Now having trained with the first-team for the last month or so, Miller is targeting some match practice before hopefully returning to competitive action.
The 26-year-old said: "I have been training for the last three or four weeks now and apart from a groin niggle the week before last I have felt really good. I am looking forward to getting into a game situation again soon, either a friendly or 45 minutes for the U21s to start with.
"What I have guarded against is pushing myself too hard because I wouldn't want a setback that could take months for the sake of waiting an extra week or two.
"I am very, very close now, I am pleased to say, but I need some match action and a tackle or two to see how I recover."
* There is a full, exclusive, interview with Miller in Friday's night official matchday programme, UTB, where he discusses, at length, what has been a testing last nine months.